Former Anthrax Bassist Dan Lilker Joining Band For Upcoming Tour Dates

Dan Lilker Frank Bello Anthrax

Bassist Frank Bello will be sitting out the band’s South American trek

Dan Lilker Frank Bello Anthrax
Dan Lilker, left [Christine To], Frank Bello, right [The Rock Revival]

Today, Anthrax announces that, due to personal reasons, bassist Frank Bello will not be able to accompany the band on its upcoming South American tour, set to kick off April 13 at MXMF the Metal Fest. Filling in on those dates, as well as two U.S. festival shows in May, will be Anthrax founding member and original bassist Dan Lilker, marking his first appearance with the band in 40 years. Lilker, who co-wrote and played on Anthrax’s debut album, Fistful of Metal, was also a member of Stormtroopers of Death with Charlie Benante and Scott Ian. 

“I’m really looking forward to jamming with Anthrax again,” said Lilker. “When we parted ways back in 1984, they told me to stick around because they might need me in 40 years.”

Added the band, “We’re all very excited about with playing with Danny again, and we really appreciate his filling in for Frank. It’s been way too long since we played South America, so you don’t want to miss these shows, they’re going to be insane.” 

Lilker has not been idle over the past four decades, having played in a wide variety of bands. He was the bassist for the thrash metal mainstays Nuclear Assault and the grindcore band Brutal Truth. He also plays bass for Exit-13, Malformed Earthborn, The Ravenous, Overlord Exterminator, Venomous Concept, and more.

In addition to MXMF The Metal Fest in Mexico, Anthrax are slated to appear at Summer Breeze Open Air in Brazil, as well as the Danny Wimmer Presents-powered Welcome to Rockville and Sonic Temple in the United States. It looks like Bello will be back in the fold for the band’s performance at Aftershock in California in October.

Anthrax – 2024 Tour Dates

April 13 – MXMF The Metal Fest – Ciudad De México, Mexico
April 15 – Cancha Diamante – San Salvador, El Salvador
April 17 – Pepper’ – San Jose, Costa Rica
April 19 – The Metal Fest – Quito, Ecuador
April 21 – The Metal Fest – Santiago, Chile
April 23 – Sala de Museo – Montevideo, Uruguay
April 25 – El Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 28 – Summer Breeze Open Air – São Paulo, Brazil
May 9 – Welcome to Rockville – Daytona Beach, FL
May 17 – Sonic Temple Festival – Columbus, OH

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